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Sierra Leone News: Former Agriculture Minister bids farewell

Former minister of Agriculture, Monty Jones has joined the list of former ministers of the All Peoples Congress (APC) government that have handed over mantles of office to newly sworn in Sierra Leone Peoples Party (SLPP) ministers.
In his farewell speech, Jones said it is with a great sense of fulfillment that his tenure as Minister for Agriculture, Forestry and Food Security of Sierra Leone has come to an end.
“Starting out first as Special Adviser to the President and Ambassador-At-Large and finally as Minister, I have learned over the last four years and three months that no one has an excuse not to do well whatever the position of leadership in public service. At times it was tough but many times it was exciting especially going to the rice fields of Rukupr where I started my career as a breeder and other areas across the country, meeting farmers and seeing their hope and tenacity.”
Years later, he said, “I am still learning the ropes and hoping that the impact of the actions and decisions I took as Minister will be far reaching and significant in the coming years. Initiatives like the new fertilizer distribution model, direct cash transfer to farmers, Just in time’ agribusiness innovative platform as well as projects could go a long way if well nurtured and supported further.
He congratulated the newly sworn Minister of Agriculture, Joseph Ndanema, “who I believe is an excellent choice and enjoin him to always put our farmers at the centre of agriculture initiatives and service delivery. I believe that if we are able to increase farmers income and livelihoods we will be able to meet our poverty reduction targets. The Farmer’s Federation and Women’s Forum should be encouraged and supported.”
OG/15/5/18
By Ophaniel Gooding
Wednesday May 16, 2018.

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